It happened in the summer of 2008. A group of professionals came together to discuss issues and challenges related to the life of the underprivileged in our society. The realities that were unveiled in the course of discussions challenged them to do something about it. They formed a Society and registered it under the Karnataka Societies Registrations Act 17 of 1960 and named it headstreams. The name spelt out their deep concern in the areas of Health, Environment And Development, and expressed their commitment to add to the streams of development by way of Support, Training, Research, Education And Mobilisation  <Society>, thereby forming HEADSTREAMS.

The only capital they had was a genuine concern, passion and commitment to serve. The group which included social workers, educationists and counsellors started working among the homeless and  neglected children in the market places of Bangalore by contributing their time and expertise. Pooling their personal resources, though limited, they also availed the services of a full-time social worker. The activities gathered momentum over the years as several people joined the team and expanded the scope of work. Eventually the various initiatives to identify with the marginalised in their struggle to attain fullness of life were brought under one umbrella by the name aalamba meaning ‘help & support’.

 Vision and Mission

  •  A world where every person has an opportunity to realise their inherent potential to live a positive, confident intentional and socially productive life.
  •  We achieve this through promoting opportunities for people to explore and develop their capabilities in an environment that provides security, empathy and fosters freedom through creative means and healthy social interactions


headstreams society members

Dr. Cheriyan Alexander is a professor of English in St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore. He has been teaching since 1982. Dr. Alexander writes on issues of literature, culture and the arts for newspapers and magazines. He serves as the President of the Society...Read more

Mahalakshmi Parthasarathy is a consultant, working with environment, development and health related organizations since 1995. She is currently leading a programme where young women from low income backgrounds pursuing professional courses are groomed for excellence in their field. She serves as the Vice-President of the Society...Read more

Dr. Naveen I. Thomas is involved in developing the work of headstreams on livelihoods and social security. He is involved in disaster management and rehabilitation work since 2000. He serves as the Secretary of the Society and Co-ordinator of the aalamba programme...Read more

Nitya Thomas is a corporate lawyer. Her interests lie in the fields of arts, theatre, music, pottery, and Indian classical dance. She serves as the Treasurer of the Society...Read more

Rev. Dr. M. C. George has over 40 years of experience in rural development work, counselling, education and administration. He serves as the Chief Consultant of the Society on an honorary basis...Read more

Jean George began her career as a School Counsellor in 1997 and has subsequently worked as a Development Co-ordinator in a child-centred NGO and trained corporates on topics of mental health...Read more

Santhy George was a teacher of literature in Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore, for three years. She is  interested in family and parenting issues ...Read more

Selena George is passionate about children and has experience through her work as child facilitator at the learning co-operative Bhavya in Bangalore, an orientation course she did at NIMHANS, Bangalore, working with the Child And Police (CAP) Project with Dr. Reddy’s Foundation, Hyderabad, and through mothering her daughter...Read more

Shailesh Vaite has worked with several organisations in the South Asian region on environmental and health issues. He is currently working on tobacco control related issues in the Asian region...Read more

 Core Team

Dr. Naveen I. Thomas completed his Doctorate in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and is involved in developing the work of headstreams on livelihoods and social security.He serves as the Co-ordinator of the aalamba programme.

Anu Thomas completed her Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Essex , UK and is involved in organising young women’s SHGs for entrepreneurship. She is also working on a social entrepreneurship program.

Lokesh V. has completed his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore and has over four years’ experience in organising community groups. He is proficient in using participative art to create awareness and to mobilise people.

Shafiulla N. is a Commerce Graduate with over experience in teaching Tally software. He has worked as an accountant for over four years and has experience in Tally and SAP.

Swarna Bhat has a Bachelors degree in arts and is based in Bagalkot and leads the aalamba team at Badami. She has several years experience in organising people for their rights. She is an active member of the Grameena Koolikarmikara Sangha (GRAKOOS) and is a core committee member of the People’s Health Movement Karnataka (JAA-K) and the Right to Food Campaign in India.

A. Mary Sheela has a Bachelors Degree in Arts from St Josephs Evening College and a diploma in Health Inspecting from Para Medical Board. She has worked with sexual minorities with an organisation, Samara and Sangama. She has five years of experience as an Administrator in the development sector.

Cecilia Davies is an alumni of Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She has held the position of General Secretary and Board member with an organisation called ROTI. She is interested in community based advocacy strategies and action based research using community media as a tool.

Vinay P has a Bachelors Degree in Microbiology Chemistry and Zoology from St Josephs Arts and Science College.He is interested in doing work related to Youth Education.